Are you looking forward to going away for a vacation this year?
Check out these tips to save energy and money:
- Unplug. You may be looking forward to doing this on vacation, but first, unplug your small appliances and tech gear. These household items are called “energy vampires” because they draw current even when not in use. Before you leave, walk around the house and unplug every unnecessary appliance and electronic device. Start with the television, computer, and entertainment center, but don’t forget small items like coffee pots, digital clocks, and cell phone chargers – they all drain energy when plugged in.
- Change your air conditioning settings. For every degree a thermostat is raised during the summer, a homeowner can save 2-3 percent on his or her electricity bill.
- Check to see if your water heater has a low or vacation mode. If you are planning to be gone for quite a while, shut off your water heater at the fuse box. When arriving back home, remember to turn the main shutoff valve back on and run some water in the sink to ensure your tank is full before turning it back on.
- Turn off your main water shutoff valve. This will avoid any unexpected water loss and damage that could result from it.
- Set the sensor. If you have an automated irrigation system, check to see if the rain sensor is set to ¼ inch to avoid unnecessary watering and ignore tip #4.
- Lower the blinds and close the curtains. This simple act will keep heat from coming in during the summer or going out during the winter.
- Double-check alarms. Ensure your smoke detectors and home security alarm systems are operating in an optimal fashion.
For tips on protecting your home and property while away, watch for next month’s blog for the Vacation Home Security Checklist.
If you live in our service area and have further questions or would like an estimate on upgrading or monitoring your security system, please give us a call at 919.387.1800.
Secur-Tek, Inc. serves the following North Carolina counties: Wake County, Chatham County, Durham County, Orange County, and Harnett County.